Throwback Tuesday: Revisiting Favorite Instant Pots

What’s that? It’s supposed to be #ThrowbackThursday? Whoops…

Last week was crazier than usual – planning for an extended vacation, a couple of big birthdays (Happy Birthday, Dear!) and a health scare in my family. (Get well, Matt!) I didn’t have the time – or, more importantly, the focus – to work on a new recipe post, so I spent the time cleaning up a few things that have been bothering me.

Fagor Lux and Instant Pot Duo | DadCooksDinner.com

Me? Have a pressure cooker problem? Doesn’t everyone own six pressure cookers?

Some of the work is behind the scenes – there’s a blog redesign coming! – but some of it is updates to my Which Pressure Cooker Should I Buy and Instant Pot Frequently Asked Questions posts. If you are a newer reader, and haven’t seen those posts, head on over and check them out. They are two of my most popular posts, and they answer a lot of the questions I get.

If you already read them, here’s a summary of the two big changes:

  1. My favorite pressure cooker is now the Instant Pot Duo 60 Plus. It pushed my long-time favorite, the Instant Pot Duo, out from under my kitchen island. That’s where my primary pressure cooker lives. (All my other pressure cookers are on a shelf in the basement – they’re easy to get to, but not quite as convenient as the one I keep upstairs, so they only come out when I think I need them for something specific – recipe testing, or a large recipe that needs the 8 quart pots.) If you own the Instant Pot Duo, I would not rush out to replace it with the Plus, unless you’re a kitchen gadget fanatic like me. The Duo is still a great pressure cooker. That said, I like the updated display on the Plus – It has much more information than the LED numbers on the old Duo.
  2. Adding the information from the comments in the Instant Pot as a Slow Cooker? post to my Instant Pot FAQ. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment – I wouldn’t have learned as much about the problems with Instant Pot slow cooking without your help. I rarely use the slow cooker settings on my Instant Pot. The summary in the comments is: the IP is not a good slow cooker – don’t throw out that old crock pot yet. (This doesn’t bother me, and I still recommend the Instant Pot, because it is my favorite Pressure Cooker – like I said, I rarely use the slow cooker modes.)

So, did I miss anything? Anything else I should add to the Instant Pot Frequently Asked Questions, or my Which Pressure Cooker Should I Buy posts? Let me know in the comments below.

Related Posts

Instant Pot Frequently Asked Questions
Instant Pot as a Slow Cooker?
Which Pressure Cooker Should I Buy?
My Pressure Cooker Recipes

 

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2 Comments

  1. Tom B. /

    Hi Mike, my son and his GF are out on their own now and do a lot of their own cooking. I’ve known all along that I’ve wanted to get them an Instant Pot. While browsing them, I see that there are now a number of Instant Pot specific cookbooks. Any that you recommend?

    • No, sorry, I don’t have a recommendation. I have been avoiding them while I work on my own cookbook- I don’t want to unintentionally copy their work.

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